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Review: Book offers spirited claim 1999 was film's best ever

"Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen," by Brian Raftery (Simon & Schuster) Everybody's entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to the movies. So...

Review: Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh

"Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh" (I.B. Tauris), by Alan Strachan Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" and B...

Review: Author writes part biography, part Hollywood history

"Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir" (Pantheon), by Victoria Riskin If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar h...

Greatest Western film? 'Wild Bunch' book argues its case

"The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" (Bloomsbury), by W.K. Stratton. In 1969 the Western movie enjoyed its best year in a de...

Book reflects on Rock Hudson's stardom, closeted love life

"All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson" (Harper), by Mark Griffin Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the pos...

In 'Seduction,' Howard Hughes' Hollywood no haven for women

"Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood" (Custom House), by Karina Longworth Hollywood history for the #MeToo movement, Karina Longworth's "Seduction" is an a...

'Anything You Can Imagine' recounts quest to film Tolkien

"Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & the Making of Middle-earth" (HarperCollins), by Ian Nathan Reaching the final sentence in film writer Ian Nathan's 576-page exploration...

Review: Book explores weird, wonderful filmmaker David Lynch

"Room to Dream" by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna (Random House) The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend's observ...

Film favorites Bruce Lee, Sterling Hayden shine in new books

"Bruce Lee: A Life" (Simon & Schuster), by Matthew Polly, and "Sterling Hayden's Wars" (University Press of Mississippi), by Lee Mandel Martial arts icon Bruce Lee wanted to be k...

Review: 'Space Odyssey' robustly explores Kubrick's '2001'

"Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece" (Simon & Schuster), by Michael Benson Fifty years ago, moviegoers had their minds blown by dir...

Review: Book on film 'Giant' a window into 1950s Hollywood

"Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film" (St. Martin's Press), by Don Graham No matter what you think of the 1956 ...

Review: 'Movie Nights' memoir connects Reagans to '80s films

"Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir" (Simon & Schuster), by Mark Weinberg The Aspen Movie Club may well have been the most exclusive gathering of its kind. Most weekend nigh...

Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Associated Press photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Korean War has died. Max Desfor was 104 and had been living in Silver Spring...

Review: Book ponders appeal, then and now, of 'The Graduate'

"Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How 'The Graduate' Became the Touchstone of a Generation" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), by Beverly Gray The title of Beverly Gray's insightful look bac...

Book Review: 'Wayne and Ford' ponders movie-bred masculinity

"Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Nancy Schoenberger American movies feature a handful of great actor-dir...